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Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape
Splash, climb, touch, explore, trade, play, pretend and slide into adventures at the new Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape, designed for children ages 2 through 7. The Playscape’s playground and splash pad provide opportunities for early childhood physical, imaginative and social development while promoting increased connections to the natural environment, local history and community engagement. The Playscape is open for fun during the museum’s summer season (April through October).

Conestoga Wagon
The Playscape has a replica covered wagon. Covered wagons were the moving vans of the 19th century. Many settlers came to this part of the country in wagons like this one. Often, the wagon would be piled high with all the possessions that a family owned. Climb aboard our wagon for a great photo opportunity!

Fort Payne
The Playscape includes a reconstruction of Fort Payne. Naperville’s settlers built the original fort during the Blackhawk War of 1832 as a temporary shelter for their small community. The fort was never used during battle. Enthusiastic volunteers constructed a smaller scale replica of Fort Payne at Naper Settlement in 1979.

Harvard Early Learning PlayscapeConestoga WagonFort at Harvard Early Learning Playscape

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